After TESTES-3 & VD-RADIO (see "Radio 1979"), this group of collaborators moved onto (301)962-0210 on the 1st anniversary of B.U.T.N. on January, 1980, with a public event at the Proposal Gallery in Baltimore. Various telephone options were beginning to be introduced like call forwarding & call waiting & we decided to experiment with them. For the Proposal Gallery event we had the calls forwarded to the gallery.
(301)962-0210 became much more technically experimental than its predecessors. One of the things that we tried was the use of a "Call Jotter" answering machine. This was a rather inelegant device that required (for our purposes at least) that each outgoing message be recorded SEPARATELY with blank tape in between. The advantage was that a system, worked out by Richard Ellsberry, could be created that enabled callers to call & hear our message & leave their reply; the next caller would hear the outgoing message & the reply played back. The 1st track here is from one side of a tape recording of that process. People interested in more of these experiments might be interested in Widemouth Tape 8623: http://idioideo.pleintekst.nl/WdmUCatalog.html .
The 2nd track took advantage of the conference call capability. I called one of B.U.T.N.'s collaborators from 962-0210 & WJHU DJ Steve Stec. Then the folks at the 2 non-JHU numbers improvised & Steve played it live over the air. This was probably my 1st actual radio performance. Thank you, Steve.
- December 4, 2012E.V. notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE